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Our first stop from Bangkok was to a cemetery where many of the PoWs who built the railway and bridge are buried - row upon row of headstones in an immaculately tendered field. Very moving.
We then proceeded to a museum dedicated to the memory of said PoWs - photos and newspaper cuttings of emaciated men, many very ill, forced to work.
We then boarded a river boat for the journey to the bridge itself. These boats are canoe-like structures with outboard motors that frisk you at high speed, with the edge of the boat so close to the level of the river, and the wind blowing through your hair! How exciting!
The bridge turned out to be different from the one in the famous movie - it's made of steel, whilst the movie version had it made of wood, if memory serves. Our guide was very knowledgeable about the sad era of the Second World War that occasioned the building of the railway and bridge. I also learnt that there is no river Kwai as such. Apparently the word 'kwai' is Thai for river. The PoWs mistakenly thought the river was called Kwai when they heard locals use the term.
We then boarded a train that took us over the bridge and along the railway for about 100 km, passing through picturesque Thai countryside of plantations, farms and forest. So very peaceful. I was particularly impressed by how smart the houses were, even deep in the Thai countryside.
Finally we met our minivan for the return trip to Bangkok, at break neck speed it has to be said. Our driver paid scant regard to the speed limit and was constantly 'undertaking' i.e. overtaking on the wrong side of the car being passed. Quite scary at times!
This day trip out of Bangkok was a good one where you get immersed into the past. Looking at the death railway line construction was amazing given the harsh environment during the war time. We have a great driver that drive us around smoothly from/to Bangkok. We will also like to thank our tour guide YAI who is very knowledgeable and thoughtful. She has ensured that we make the best out of our day trip to understand and see the past of the POW that have gone through under the Japanese occupation period. Her thoughtful gesture to ensure that we are comfortable throughout the journey was also commendable.
Nice guide and driver. The JETAH museum is a must. Very moving to see what the prisoners had to go through. The ride on the boat and train were great. You'll have plenty of occasions to take beautiful pictures. Wasn't very hungry so I didn't have much food for lunch but it looked OK from what I saw. Because of the traffic in Bangkok, don't expect to be back before 6pm, a long but very rewarding day. Highly recommended!
Excellent tour, the guide Nicko very informative and knowledgable and looked after us at every turn. Very moving to travel where the POW's and Thai and other workers slaved to build the railway. "Forgive but not forget"
really excellent trip for anyone interested in this sad time. Definitely my favorite tour in Bangkok. Tour included visit to war cemetery near the bridge [very moving]. Local train surprisingly comfortable for 3rd class and lovely trip through the peaceful Thai countryside
Experience was wonderful and moving. Guide was very knowledgable, friendly and willing to help in any way. Language was not a problem. Train journey was good, country side was a joy, and food was relatively good. I had seconds. Journey back to Bangkok was around 5 5 and half hours, traffic was busy, so make provision by taking a book or music, or just sleep the journey back. Would definitely go again. Take lots of pictures.
What a mix of emotions and experiences today. From seeing the thousand commemorated to travelling over the bridge through the landscape that killed and made so so many suffer. To wanting to make the 5 spaniards who talked so loudly, ignorantly and irreverantly ALL the way on the train suffer. Shame on you all for your forgetfulness.
Great tour guide (retired School Teacher), informative and told it how it was!! Really enjoyed this boat ride, walked over the Bridge, train ride back, and tasty lunch - well done.
We had a lovely day with our tour guide Teewan. The driver was also the best that we had experienced in Thailand! Our trip was interesting and informative,we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Viator to other travelers!